ASKAP hits the big data highway
Our Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope is ready to rumble. Having shown the telescope’s technical excellence during commissioning, its now beginning its first project: observing large areas of sky home to some 600,000 galaxies. It's aiming to detect and measure neutral hydrogen gas - the basic form of matter in the universe - and is taking lots of data, with its antennas churning out 5.2 terabytes of data per second (about 15 per cent of the internet's current data rate). You might want to take a second to download all of that.